FILE - This May 8, 2008, file photo shows blank checks on an idle press at the Philadelphia Regional Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia. The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. Starting in 2017, a federal law requires the tax agency to delay refunds until Feb. 15 for people who claim the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. The IRS says processing times will delay most of the refunds until the end of February. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pandemic stimulus underscores agency challenges with identity management

Agencies have run into challenges verifying the identity of benefit recipients, and fraudsters have exploited gaps in this process, using stolen personal…

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FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, H&R Block signs are displayed in Jackson, Miss. The tax deadline does typically fall on April 15 but that’s a Sunday this year and Monday is Emancipation Day, a Washington D.C. holiday. That means that taxpayers nationwide get a little breathing room and have until Tuesday, April 17, to get the job done. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

IRS: Frequent data breaches make it ‘fundamentally more difficult’ to verify taxpayers

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OPM Cyber Breach

Justice walks back claims of data from OPM breach was used in a crime

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FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data. The highest number of requests went to the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, along with the National Archives and Records Administration and Veterans Administration. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Former ICE chief counsel sentenced for stealing identities of immigrants

In today’s Federal Newscast, Raphael Sanchez, former chief counsel for Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Office of Principal Legal Advisor used the…

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Charles Rettig

Trump’s IRS commissioner nominee pushes critical pay authority for IT positions

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, members got their first chance to gauge the priorities of Charles Rettig, President Donald Trump’s pick…

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GAO: Consider giving data breach victims ‘alternatives’ to ID theft services

Agencies might be paying too much for the identity theft and credit monitoring services they’ve offered federal employees in the aftermath of data breaches.

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